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Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service
Title: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½
Released: 2015
Keywords: spy
Watched: 25 April, 2016

In Kingsman: The Secret Service, “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton) is a fish-out-of-water recruit in Kingsman, an exclusive private in­tel­li­gence service. The young chav is taken under the wing of Harry Hart (Colin Firth), whose life was saved by Eggsy’s father seventeen years ago. After spending half the movie trying to survive Spy Hogwarts, Eggsy goes out on his first mission to stop the mega­lo­ma­ni­ac billionare (Samuel L. Jackson) who is about to cull most of the world’s population.

Stylish, hyper-stylized, and violent—as might be expected in a movie adapted from a comic book. The violence is often over the top, par­tic­u­lar­ly in the church massacre scene. Still, it’s en­ter­tain­ing enough in a crass way.

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